Green Beginnings

Long before terms like "green initiative" and "carbon footprint" became part of our everyday language, Fareway Stores recognized the importance of conserving our natural resources.

In 1955, we began heating our stores by reclaiming the heat generated by our refrigeration compressors. Back then, environmental issues weren't a focus for most businesses, but the idea of waste ran counter to everything Fareway stood for-namely, finding ways to conserve so we could pass the savings onto our customers.

Recycling efforts expanded

The operation was so successful it led us to develop other methods for recycling all kinds of materials: wooden pallets, waste oil, tires, antifreeze, batteries, scrap iron, aluminum, magazines, newspapers, waste paper, ink cartridges, fluorescent bulbs, plastic shrink wrap, plastic grocery sacks and plastic bottles.

Today we recycle:

  • 850,000 pallets per year
  • 12,500 tons of cardboard per year
  • 300 tons of plastic shrink wrap per year
  • 4,500,000 plastic grocery sacks per year
  • 5,000 gallons of waste oil per year

Materials are collected at our recycling facility for initial processing and then shipped to major recyclers for final recycling.

Remembering to reduce and reuse, too

  • We started recycling cardboard at both the stores and the warehouse in the late 1960s.
  • We work with shipping companies and local manufacturers to coordinate backhauls, which allow a driver making a delivery to return home with a loaded truck rather than an empty one thus saving fuel.
  • Even simple steps, such as offering reusable cloth-like shopping bags made from recycled plastic, make a difference.

While we've made some great strides, we promise to continue searching for ways to positively impact our environment-and your pocketbook.